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Old 07-23-2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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Like the title says, is this a good build? I'm very new to building my own PC, so I probably made a lot of obvious mistakes.

Well, here it is:

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129043

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145220

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Deneb%203.2GHz

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284&Tpk=Western%20Di gital%20Caviar%20Black%20WD1001FALS%201TB

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131366

ZALMAN ZM1000-HP 1000W Continuous @ 45C
(Maximum Continuous Peak: 1250W)
ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified
CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
Modular Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...000-HP%201000W

SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D%204890%201GB

ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card with True Blu-ray Audio
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...4-bit%20192KHz

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116677
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: Is this a good build?

That's an excellent build! However, you will need DDR3 Dual Channel instead of Triple channel. Only the X58's (the I7's) support Triple Channel at this time.

*A few side notes*
- A soundcard isn't necessary because onboard audio is normally pretty good quality. But if you want it, go for it.
- 1000w is quite a bit and your system will operate fine with ~650-700.

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I have always used OCZ for RAM because of their price/reliability/warranty/aggressive performance.

I recommend for RAM:
OCZ Reaper HPC PC3-10666 (4Gb) IF you have proper clearance inside your case.
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OCZ Fatal1ty Edition PC3-10666 (4Gb)

As for the Power Supply, I would suggest a Corsair TX750 Non-Modular In case you decided to CrossFire in the future, or do a RAID setup.

I would wait for another person to look at this as well before you buy - I'm not much of an AMD specialist.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:34 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum!


Nice. A bit overkill on the power supply, but it should be a screaming machine.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:44 AM   #4
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Thank you for the welcome. I went with the 1000w because I plan to add more to it later and I wanted to be sure that the power source could handle it.
For the DDR3 Dual Channel, is this OK?
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:54 AM   #5
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It's looks pretty good. It's definitely compatible and I'm sure you can get those timings down really far. Well priced, too.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:10 AM   #6
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I am a real fan of PCpower and cooling power supplies, been using them for years. Let me suggest a less expensive power supply that is still a little overkill, but will serve you well.

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V
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I am a real fan of PCpower and cooling power supplies, been using them for years. Let me suggest a less expensive power supply that is still a little overkill, but will serve you well.

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V
They make great PSUs. That was actually just on sale for $85, though, so I'm going to suggest this Corsair which is cheaper with the rebate and has free shipping! Either of these would be great choices.
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He says he wants the 1000w for future expansions. Fair enough. I'd suggest the Corsair HX1000 but it is quite expensive.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:40 AM   #9
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If you want to run Crossfire in the future, go with a 790FX board (Such as this one) as it supports 16x + 16x or even quad CF. The 790GX only supports 8x + 8x.

And the 750W Corsair TX or the 750W PC Power & Cooling would be more than sufficient for anything you want to do. I was running my system (CPU @ 4.4GHz) with an HD 4870 X2 and an HD 4850 in CF overclocked on a 600W perfectly stable.
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Like every1 else said the power supply is a bit of a overkill.
I wish I had the money right now to build something like that.
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